Can President Obama Revoke the Medal That George W. Bush Gave to Bill Cosby?
The disintegration of comedian Bill Cosby’s entire comic legacy came that much nearer to completion this week when it was revealed that Cosby admitted, in a 2005 legal deposition, that he procured drugs for women with whom he intended to have sex. That admission corroborates a major common element among the 36 women (to date) who have lodged allegations of rape and sexual assault against Cosby, and it has swept all but the most deluded holdouts out of the Cosby defenders camp.
The revelations have also spurred a petition, by the sexual violence victims’ advocacy group PAVE, that seeks to strip Cosby of the Presidential Medal of Freedom that then-President George W. Bush awarded him in 2002. During that ceremony, President Bush had high praise for Cosby, but as the video of the presentation shows, the award itself seemed to know better. After several attempts to get it to stay around Cosby’s neck, President Bush finally just had to hand it off to him:
“Bill Cosby is a gifted comedian who has used the power of laughter to heal wounds and to build bridges. ‘I don’t think you can bring the races together by joking about the differences between them,’ he said. ‘I’d rather talk about the similarities, about what’s universal in their experiences.’ By focusing on our common humanity, Bill Cosby is helping to create a truly united America.”
At Wednesday’s White House daily briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest was pressed to respond to PAVE’s demand. Earnest told ABC News’ Jim Avila and AURN’s April Ryan that…READ MORE